The U.K.’s Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) has found a global streaming home with theater specialist BroadwayHD. Nine RSC titles will debut on BroadwayHD in January, with 20 more productions set to arrive in February and March. The titles debuting on the service this month include “King Lear,” “Antony and Cleopatra,” “Hamlet,” “Measure for Measure,” “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” “Two Gentlemen of Verona,” and “Timon of Athons.”
Parallel success stories in the decentralized world can offer plenty of insight, and Hollywood as a frontier of the film industry should make the next move, or else it might be too late. In a decentralized world where the film industry would be, creators could upload their project concepts on a blockchain platform and promote them by interacting with fans and investors.
San Francisco-based technology firm Feed Media Group (FMG) has partnered with Warner Music Group (WMG) to launch Adaptr, a new platform that allows developers to legally integrate music into their apps. Adaptr provides full licensing for on-demand music, allowing businesses to skip direct licensing negotiations and go straight to market with music from popular artists and songwriters.
Spotify on Monday (Jan. 25) released a small collection of exclusive audiobook recordings on its platform, a move that signals its interest in continuing to broaden its library of non-music programming. The nine audiobooks that are now available on Spotify are all part of the public domain, but the original recordings are exclusive to the streaming platform.
Hipgnosis Songs Fund is raising big money again. According to a prospectus issued to the markets January 21, the UK-listed company has proposed the issuance of up to 1.5 billion shares – across an initial issue of ordinary shares, and then further placing programs of new ordinary shares and/or C class shares – over the course of the next 12 months.
Publishers are experimenting with a new format for audiobooks: Aural guides that accompany listeners through activities such as cooking, gardening and meditating in real time. So-called active audiobooks, which supplement or do away with the usual verbatim reading of book texts, arrive as audiobooks more broadly become ever more popular.
Amongst the proposals, there are documents from trade orgs representing major labels, indie labels, music publishers, songwriters, artist managers, streaming services, and others. There are also direct submissions from artists, including British pop-ska legends Madness, as well as the #brokenrecord campaign that’s caught momentum on social media these past few months.
A federal judge has denied an attempt by conservative social network Parler to force Amazon to host it on AWS. As expected by most who read Parler’s ramshackle legal arguments, the court found nothing in the lawsuit that could justify intervention, only “faint and factually inaccurate speculation.”
Australia’s assertive challenge to the online giants has placed it in the vanguard of a movement to bolster a traditional news media ecosystem that America’s trillion-dollar tech companies threaten with extinction. For Google and Facebook, their intense pushback has become a focal point of their global efforts to limit regulation, as governments around the world look to rein them in.
Under the current draft of the law, the tech firms must negotiate with the publishers to settle a price for news. But if they cannot agree the government will appoint an arbitrator. The U.S. tech giants and the U.S. government want the mandatory arbitration requirement to be dropped.